twitter wisdom of alain de botton

I’m not a huge Twitter fan, it’s quite full of noise, and I find it hard to concentrate in noisy environments.

The one thing I love about twitter is being able to read Alain De Botton’s inner thoughts. Every time a tweet from him appears I take time to read it, think about it, and if it’s something I find interesting, I mark it with a β˜… so that I can come back and read it again later on.

Here is a list of Alain’s recent tweets I have β˜…’d:

  • Sad that paying our taxes, the single biggest present we make to others in society, is not accompanied by even the smallest thank you.
  • There are meetings which, when cancelled at the last minute, give one an ecstatic feeling of having cheated death for a little longer.
  • The only way to get anything unpleasant done is of course to line up a yet more unpleasant task as an alternative.
  • That everyone is as immature, hysterical & in need of love as we are is, despite all the evidence, one of life’s continuous surprises.
  • The reason to travel: there are inner transitions we can’t properly cement without a change of locations.
  • We focus on solving individual worries, forgetting we are just perennially anxious people, who endlessly replace one concern with another.
  • I feel an instant bond with people who find it hard to fall and stay asleep. It suggests things get to them, as they do to me.
  • The hope on picking up a book: that it will tell us what we know but haven’t had time to think.
  • Anxiety grows from thoughts we haven’t given ourselves time to have.
  • 5 years after first child, despite the joy, still cannot witness a couple expecting without feeling sorry for, and worrying about them.
  • To try to discover what our gifts are – then to align them with something the world might need – and pay for. A lifetime’s struggle.

You can check his twitter account out here.

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